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3.75Trust a Methodist to send a surprise package like you to a household full of randy bachelorsThis one was so very different from the others It was very intriguing though Loved old Aunt Dorothy What a fabulous character she was Her quotes were priceless The story was set up a bitlike a murder mystery though than a romance It was a romance, but just barely I really enjoy JB s writing, and I hope she has somebooks on the way soonImpoliteness is all ver 3.75Trust a Methodist to send a surprise package like you to a household full of randy bachelorsThis one was so very different from the others It was very intriguing though Loved old Aunt Dorothy What a fabulous character she was Her quotes were priceless The story was set up a bitlike a murder mystery though than a romance It was a romance, but just barely I really enjoy JB s writing, and I hope she has somebooks on the way soonImpoliteness is all very well, Anna, but you must restrain yourself until you learn to do it with style 3.5 stars.I quite enjoyed this Reminds me of Georgette Heyer with a touch of gothic It s the old fashioned type of Regency romance with a familiar plot of a lady s companion and a returned Napoleonic soldier, who is also the uncle and heir of a 7 y o Earl The boy thinks someone is trying to kill him. I ve been looking for this book for a while because I enjoy Bourne s Spymaster books, to which this is putatively an ancestor It was published in 1983, and is a bit hard to find, now The Spymaster books are enjoyable, decent romance novels with heroines who take an active role in solving mysteries and defeating conspiracies This book belongs in that series only in the sense that some characters from that series show up, but it will not particularly answer any questions you may have about th I ve been looking for this book for a while because I enjoy Bourne s Spymaster books, to which this is putatively an ancestor It was published in 1983, and is a bit hard to find, now The Spymaster books are enjoyable, decent romance novels with heroines who take an active role in solving mysteries and defeating conspiracies This book belongs in that series only in the sense that some characters from that series show up, but it will not particularly answer any questions you may have about their backstories Also, it is a completely different genre, which was rather a surprise.Gothics are not my genre, so I turn to skygiants as my guide They define a gothic as a story where a girl meets a house and this definitely fits I believe it also requires one dude who seems sketch as hell, and as actually the hero, and one dude who seems friendly and benevolent and is actually the murderer Um, no spoilers, but this is definitely a Gothic, and once you know that, I m sorry, the mystery is pretty much laid open to you.I had a bit of problem with Melissa, the heroine, who is initially presented as spunky and independent, and then becomes intermittently weepy and clingy as the plot requires At several points she is dramatically Soaked To The Bone She does not so much take action as appear in the vicinity of action and form conclusions, with one exception I think this is a requirement of the genre, though The hero, to my taste, falls prey to the bag of dicks pitfall in the so commanding archetype, although only mildly I mean, I can think of plenty worse.This doesn t have the polish of her later novels It leaves some threads dropped, and drags in some places It also features the world s most precocious nine year old, although he is at least not irritating about it he just comes across as a teeny Spock I would recommend this for those who enjoy seeing an author change over time, or who have a fondness for Gothics Grumpage alert.I have a serious problem with this book Serious The heroine, Melissa, is a down on her luck poor relation who leaves a bad position as a French teacher at a girls school in order to become a companion in the nether reaches of Cornwall Her love interest, Giles, is guardian and heir to the seven year old earl of this piece, a terrified kid who tries to convince her that someone is trying to kill him Giles, meanwhile, pish toshes her growing suspicions view spoiler , and goes a Grumpage alert.I have a serious problem with this book Serious The heroine, Melissa, is a down on her luck poor relation who leaves a bad position as a French teacher at a girls school in order to become a companion in the nether reaches of Cornwall Her love interest, Giles, is guardian and heir to the seven year old earl of this piece, a terrified kid who tries to convince her that someone is trying to kill him Giles, meanwhile, pish toshes her growing suspicions view spoiler , and goes about making himself an obvious suspect by doing things like hiding evidence and having really incriminating conversations where they can be overheard hide spoiler There are a number of disagreeable and possibly nefarious characters, in fact, which makes the mystery part of this story fun view spoiler , though I ended up rather irritated with Giles because his high handed treatment of the heroine pretty much guaranteed she d do something desperate or stupid, and kind of wanted to see her chew him out before the HEA hide spoiler On the whole I really liked it Except one thing.I wanted this to be longer There was plenty of stuff to work with view spoiler , like who the heroine s parents were, andabout a fascinating secondary character hide spoiler that could have justified a full length novel I d have given this 5.5 stars, but I m docking it just because I hate to be left feeling like I only ate half a great meal I love Joanna Bourne s stories and thought I read all of her novels Not sure how I missed this one the author s earlier work Melissa Rivenwood, adapted daughter of deceased country rector, thought herself the luckiest girl when she was hired as a companion to a lady in Cornwell Even remoteness of the place did not deter her It could not be worse than her current position of a teacher assistant to awful Mrs Brody of Mrs Brody s Highly Select Seminary for the Daughters of Gentlemen Little I love Joanna Bourne s stories and thought I read all of her novels Not sure how I missed this one the author s earlier work Melissa Rivenwood, adapted daughter of deceased country rector, thought herself the luckiest girl when she was hired as a companion to a lady in Cornwell Even remoteness of the place did not deter her It could not be worse than her current position of a teacher assistant to awful Mrs Brody of Mrs Brody s Highly Select Seminary for the Daughters of Gentlemen Little did she know that her new employment would bring twists and turns of gothic variety I would recommend the book only to the fans of Joanna Bourne If you have not read her books, don t start with one It lacks sophistication, brilliance and complexity of her later work Although well written, it has the most formulating plot imaginable relying on villains to advance the story line I am glad I read the book as it gave me new appreciation for the growth that author achieved with her latest books ORIGINAL REVIEW 5 2012 A very pleasant, forgettable read from a talented wordsmith This book only snags my memory because it s the first of an excellent romance series I will reread it to remind myself of the cameos various series favorites make in this debut UPDATE 10 2014 upping my review to 4 stars upon reread because 1 i m in a good mood, 2 bourne has maintained an admirable consistency with the presentation of her chief characters over the entire series, somehow wi ORIGINAL REVIEW 5 2012 A very pleasant, forgettable read from a talented wordsmith This book only snags my memory because it s the first of an excellent romance series I will reread it to remind myself of the cameos various series favorites make in this debut UPDATE 10 2014 upping my review to 4 stars upon reread because 1 i m in a good mood, 2 bourne has maintained an admirable consistency with the presentation of her chief characters over the entire series, somehow without becoming boring or repetitive, and 3 this book s pace was good and the characterizations charming and varied.a delightful, mostly strong read that is less cloak and dagger, slightlydrawing room gossipy, than most of bourne s books which are generally infused with Napoleonic Spy Intrigue 3000 one element i would have loved to see developedfully was the heroes attachment she was certainly charming, and he was clearly smitten which in and of itself made for an adequately believable coupling but additional lovingly worked scenes illustrating their growing mutual regard and illuminating their rightness for each other would have made the novel richer.still, a delightful, quick read |Download Book ♿ Her Ladyship's Companion ☸ LOVE AND PERIL ON THE CLIFFS OF CORNWALL Beautiful Melissa Rivenwood was leaving Mrs Brody s Seminary for the Daughters of Gentlemen for a new life But when she accepted the position as companion to the formidable Lady Dorothy, spirited Melissa could not have known that she would soon be caught up in a web of passion and intrigue at beautiful and remote Vinton ManorGiles Tarsin, her haughty employer, is maddeningly aloof and irresistibly attractive Darkly handsome Sir Adrian Hawkhurst admires her undisguisedly with, Melissa suspects, the most impure intentions Harold Bosworth, a family connection, appears to be ever the gentleman But why is seven year old Robbie, an orphan like Melissa and the future Earl of Keptford, so terrified Before long, Melissa is struggling to unravel dark family secrets that will lead her suspicions to center on just one manthe one man she loves Melissa Rivenwood s an impoverished French teacher, about to be tossed out on her ear from the girls school by the horrid headmistress, lands on her feet as a lady s companion to Lady Dorothy at Vinton Manor Lady Dorothy s a sharp tongued, sharp witted older woman who seems to pride herself on making life not easy for her companion.And there s a host of interesting characters abiding at Vinton Manor including Giles Tarsin, who hired Melissa Robbie, the seven year old earl who is convinced th Melissa Rivenwood s an impoverished French teacher, about to be tossed out on her ear from the girls school by the horrid headmistress, lands on her feet as a lady s companion to Lady Dorothy at Vinton Manor Lady Dorothy s a sharp tongued, sharp witted older woman who seems to pride herself on making life not easy for her companion.And there s a host of interesting characters abiding at Vinton Manor including Giles Tarsin, who hired Melissa Robbie, the seven year old earl who is convinced there s a plot against his life Sir Adrian Hawkhurst, Giles s friend and quite a few others who make for a thickening plot.I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who comment that while the prose is clear and delightful, Melissa herself is not as strong and interesting a heroine as Ms Bourne now seems to create I don t know whether it sa sign of the times in which she was written or Ms Bourne s developing voice and talent.Still a pleasant read Melissa is a foundling French teacher who accepts a positions as a companion to a cranky old lady Giles is the cranky old lady s nephew Grandson Something Also someone might be attempting to kill the 7 year old Earl 1 OH MAN This book Here s the thing about this book some of it is GREAT It s well written the characters are for the most part compellingly real the mystery is full of red herrings it all cresendoes fantastically ALSO FUCKING ADRIAN.2 That said, some of it is HORRIBL Melissa is a foundling French teacher who accepts a positions as a companion to a cranky old lady Giles is the cranky old lady s nephew Grandson Something Also someone might be attempting to kill the 7 year old Earl 1 OH MAN This book Here s the thing about this book some of it is GREAT It s well written the characters are for the most part compellingly real the mystery is full of red herrings it all cresendoes fantastically ALSO FUCKING ADRIAN.2 That said, some of it is HORRIBLE The romance isbad Like, forceful shut her up kisses and a startling realization of love out of NOWHERE and lots of awkwardness all around The villain might be mad but is also portrayed as simple and the entire handling of that character was a sour note 3 So it balances out to about a 3, I guess I have a clear preference for the modern concept of hero, but for an old school romance, Giles is only a little bit rapey.